Have you ever noticed that when you are feeling lost, stuck or out of sorts people come into your life to generously give you the gift of their experience and to wisely teach you a valuable lesson?
Even though the holiday season is over, today I was very fortunate to have three wise, warm and wonderful people come into my life and teach me three very valuable lessons.
The first individual was someone who had recently experienced significant changes in both their personal and professional lives and has now started an exciting new business venture that is not only going to be very profitable but also touch many people and make a positive and lasting difference in their lives. The lesson that I learned and received was that there are gifts to be found in every personal and professional change if you are open and ready to receive them and that often things are exceptionally better and brighter in the present than they were before you made the life or career change in the past.
The second individual was someone whom I met while standing and waiting for the streetcar in a wind chill of -30C. I noticed that she glowed with happiness and radiated energy and confidence. A year ago, she lost most of her possessions in a fire that had happened due to a neighbour’s carelessness yet here she was eager and excited about the year ahead having let go of the annoyance and inconvenience of the loss of home and possessions. The lesson that I learned and received was that if you have something to look forward to each day that involves doing what you love and pursing your dream in the present then you can let go of the losses of past and never look back.
The third individual was someone who had lost someone very important to them in the past year. The one glitch in an otherwise spectacular holiday was that one of their technology tools chose to break down for good. When I expressed my concern about this development, this individual calmly and confidently told me that the situation was far from serious or of great concern since it had been a technology tool that had died rather than a person. The lesson that I learned and received was that often you can put far too much time, energy and focus on technology tools instead of putting the time, focus and energy on caring and connecting with people.
So the next time that you are feeling negative and that things are hopeless and will never get better, be open and receptive to the lessons that you will be taught by the wise people whom you will undoubtedly encounter.